Lift Your Gallery Wall Game With Our Guide To Buying Art Online
Wave goodbye to boring blank walls.
Words by: Jess Willemse
Photography by: Neat Places
Hero image: Mathilde Langevin
Truth; the way your home makes you feel really matters. And a lot of this is down to what we choose to hang on our walls. Through art, we can express who we are and our stories, and create an atmosphere that’s true to us.
Here’s the thing—art doesn’t have to be out of reach either. Whether you’ve got a chunky budget to invest in a piece or simply want to add a pop of style with a print, there’s options for everyone. So we’ve made it easy for you—here’s 9 of the best online art stores in New Zealand.
If bright, bold and full of fun is up your street, bookmark Endemic World for all your art needs. These guys specialise in prints from many independent Kiwi artists, so the price point is a big tick for us. They make it easy to add a touch of style throughout your home, with works across design, photography, painting, illustration and more. They also showcase original pieces by local talent, including Grace Popplewell, Jasmine Kroeze and Holly Roach.
For art that goes against the grain, Fiksate should be your first stop on the interwebs. Their take on creativity is anything but traditional, drawing influence from urban spaces, graffiti and street art. This comes to life through diverse practices spanning painting, stencil art, evocative type-based prints, line illustrations, photography and three-dimensional objects. Plus, their collection is super accessible, starting from under $100 for prints.
The National dealer gallery calls Christchurch home but is here to help all art lovers of Aotearoa find their perfect piece. Founder Caroline Billing has been curating contemporary jewellery from local artisans since 2004. Her gallery has grown to offer other mediums like sculpture, 3D wall art and considered objects in recent years. The National is where you go to find that one-of-a-kind piece that will last a lifetime. Headlining the collection, you’ll encounter creatives like Moniek Schrijer, Andrea du Chatenier and Jane Dodd.
Fishmob dabbles in the limited-edition space, so if you find a piece you like, it’s best to snap it up before it’s gone. Even better, join their mailing list to be first in line for new drops. You’ll find big creative names on the site like Dick Frizzell, Justin Summerton and Fiona Kerr. Their prints are authentically certified and produced to the highest quality using top-grade paper and offset printing. In short, it’s an easy way to pick up something special without forking out for the real thing.
Image credit: Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke, Dick Frizzell.
Laree Payne Gallery
If you can’t make it to Hamilton to check out Laree Payne Gallery in person, dropping by the online viewing room is your next best bet. Gallerist Laree prides herself on establishing the only dealer gallery in the Waikato, with a new presentation every four weeks. Showing the work of artists from around Aotearoa and Australia, Laree Payne Gallery promises fresh, stimulating and diverse exhibitions by emerging through to established artists.
Image credits: Installation image of Tia Ranginui's 2021 self-titled solo exhibition. Image courtesy of Laree Payne Gallery.
With more than 560 exhibitions under his belt, it’s safe to say Peter McLeavey of McLeavey Gallery knows a thing or two about New Zealand art. Some impressive names in our creative zeitgeist have donned his walls, from Colin McCahon to Pat Hanley and MT Woollaston. In partnership with his daughter Olivia, they continue to weave together the story of Aotearoa through the lens of contemporary art. You can peruse current and past exhibitions on their site, which, might we say, makes for a pretty relaxing Sunday afternoon activity.
Image credit: Install view of New Paintings by Christina Pataialii
Photo by Russell Kleyn, courtesy of McLeavey Gallery.
KAUKAU is proudly a sum of its parts. Their creative offerings are always fresh due to the ever-changing group of makers, creators, designers and artists they represent. You’ll find works and wares across fashion, accessories, homewares, sculptures and, of course, wall art. We don’t blame you if you add a few cheeky extras to your cart. Whether you’re looking for large-scale focal pieces for your home or accents to liven up a hallway, KAUKAU’s collections deliver on personality.
Objectspace is one of Auckland’s go-to multipurpose art spaces and galleries. Online, you’ll find a taste of their favourites for sale as part of their regular fundraisers (with new releases expected again in 2022). Keen art aficionados should keep their eyes on these drops as it is a great way to buy affordable works by established practitioners. You'll also be supporting the work of a public gallery while you’re at it; win-win in our books. The artists profiled are typically commissioned to purposefully create pieces or series for Objectspace, so nothing is run of the mill here. You’ll find anything from bespoke risograph pieces to organic-inspired jewellery and photography prints.
Image credit: Wayne Youle, For a good time please call (monster and fairy... a little scary), 2021. Courtesy of Objectspace and Suite Gallery.
Parker Gallery offers a true taste of the Tasman’s creative scene, featuring artists from across Nelson, Marlborough and beyond. Whether you’re after dramatic landscapes, soothing wooden sculptures or avant-garde takes on ceramics and lighting, there is something for everyone. What we really love about Parker Gallery is its virtual staging service. Simply send them a photo of your empty wall, and they’ll impose the artwork on it to get a feel for what it would look like in your home.
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